Guns Now Allowed on Arizona Campuses
But bill was watered down to keep guns out of university buildings
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2011 10:28 AM CDT
A woman holds a Glock 27 .40 caliber handgun at a shooting range in Tucson, Arizona in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Arizona's House yesterday approved a bill allowing people to have guns while walking or driving through state university and community college campuses, sending the measure to Jan Brewer for her signature. The Senate had already passed the controversial bill, but not before watering it down a bit, changing it to no longer allow guns inside college buildings, the AP reports.

Even with the change, the bill sparked plenty of debate in the House. "To make it that you could walk up to the door of an education institution (with a gun) makes no sense to me," said one rep. But proponents argued that the law would allow students to protect themselves from school shooters, who would ignore the current campus-wide ban. "I find it hard to believe that on universities it just becomes a bubble—that somehow you're drastically protected when you enter the campus," said one Democratic rep.